Hospital fire clean-up continues

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A TEMPORARY reception has opened at Chesterfield Royal Hospital after it was hit by a blaze.

The portable building opened yesterday outside the main entrance for patients to book in for their appointments and is expected to be in place as a solution for 12-16 weeks.

A more permanent reception will be in place from the autumn but, as reported last week, the main entrance is likely to be out of operation for up to 12 months.

Cleaning up continues after a devastating blaze tore through the Royal’s main entrance two weeks ago.

Updates also include a large area of the hospital’s main entrance being demolished over coming weeks so the roof can be rebuilt and made water tight as soon as possible.

Hospital chiefs say reports of the structural damage show costs will be “substantial” although a final figure will not be known for some time.

The orthopaedic outpatient and fracture clinic could reopen in the next two weeks.

On site parking remains free of charge as security barriers are still out of operation. Clamping will be in operation if vehicles have parked in an emergency access area - or the parking is considered dangerous to others.